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Metrobus driver slashed across face

A passenger who did not want pay the fare on a Metrobus slashed the driver across the face Monday afternoon near the Tenleytown Metro station in Northwest Washington, according to Metro Transit Police.

A Metro spokeswoman, Morgan Dye, said that a suspect was quickly arrested and that the knife was recovered. He was identified as Ezekiel Conway Jr., 65, who gave police an address for a Northeast homeless shelter. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

The attack occurred about
1 p.m. at 40th and Albemarle streets NW, near a Whole Foods and a Starbucks and about 200 feet from Wisconsin Avenue, aboard an H-4 bus headed to Brookland in Northeast.

Dan Stessel, another spokesman for Metro, said a man got onto the bus but refused to pay. He said the driver — who is 67 and has 29 years of experience — told the man that he had to pay or get off the bus. Stessel said the man then hit the driver in the face with a closed fist, which was holding a knife. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Stessel said there were passengers aboard the bus at the time of the attack.

— Peter Hermann

Police identify man who was killed in NE

A man who was fatally shot Sunday night in Northeast Washington’s Deanwood neighborhood has been identified as a 22-year-old from Northeast.

Delonta Lavale Martin died at a hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about 9:40 p.m. in the 4700 block of Minnesota Avenue NE.

Investigators are searching for a shooter, who they said fled in a black Chevrolet Impala.

— Victoria St. Martin

and Peter Hermann

Man is sought in
assaults on children

Prince William County police are searching for a man in connection with sexual assaults on two girls, ages 4 and 6.

Five days ago, police obtained a warrant to arrest Jose Reynaldo Villanueva, 35, of Woodbridge on charges including aggravated sexual battery.

The assault on the girls occurred July 13, when they were visiting a residence where Villanueva lived in the basement, according to police. The attack was reported to police the next day.

— Julie Zauzmer


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